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    Visual Arts at Sacajawea Elementary

    Teacher:  Ryan Schmidt, Room 108

    Hello, I’m Mr. Ryan the art teacher at Sacajawea. My philosophy on art education is simple, celebrate creativity at every stage of development! I believe in teaching a strong core foundation in all art and design principles, but more importantly I believe in finding ways to engage elementary age students in creative problem solving and storytelling.

    I think that the key to a healthy and successful art program is making art skills attainable through age appropriate subject matter. I don’t find that making your student replicate famous works of art on a regular basis builds an appreciation for creativity or artistic risk taking. I plan each lesson with your child in mind ( I also try to think about myself at their age).

    I use visual tools like toys, cartoons and comics hand in hand with important works of art. I try to get our Sacajawea kids excited about art making, whether It’s a self-portrait on paper, or a giant stuffed Coca-Cola bottle in honor of Andy Warhol, or a shoebox diorama of dinosaurs battling over prey.  

    Not every student is interested in being an artist, but every student is capable of being a dynamic, innovative creator. I strive to build an art program that encourages fun through exploration, play, messy materials and creative expression.